Today, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a four-run inning in the top of the ninth to erase the Washington Nationals’ lead and tie the score, 7-7. This was one of the rare times I was able to find a Pirates game on television here, and the rally was fun to watch. Sadly, the Nationals proceeded to hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. So much for that.
It takes a certain kind of fortitude to follow a baseball team all season long. For one thing, even if your team is having by all definitions a great year, you are certain to watch them lose at least 60 times.*
I will be attending a Pirates game in person this year for the first time in over twenty years. I can’t wait, but I hope I can stand the pain until then.